By Felix Anthony
Namphai, September 21, 2019: The social service arm of Miao diocese carried out a plantation and cleanliness drive to mark the Earth Day Network event.
The Seva Kendra Arunachal East also conducted awareness session on waste management at Namphai town of Changlang district on September 20.
The Kendra brought together student community, self-help groups, youth, women association and public leaders from around Changlang district at Government Higher Secondary School, Namphai, some 360 km east of Itanagar, the state capital.
Addressing the awareness session, chief guest Apolo James Lungphi, Extra Additional Commissioner for Miao and Vijaynagar sub-divisions of Changlang district, highlighted the critical situation of the environment across the globe.
“This is the time to act,” he said. “With the Amazon Forest on fire for the past few weeks, it is everyone’s duty to do his or her bit to protect and promote the environment,” he added.
Around 200 people participated in the awareness event that discussed on water and air pollution, waste management, the threat plastic use poses to the environment and alternate solutions to plastic use.
The Circle Range Forest Officer Tage Mali advocated for the inclusion of tree plantation in the academic curriculum for the students to encourage them plant more trees.
“Planting trees around is a major step towards the promotion of the environment. Every school in the district should make it mandatory for the students to plant trees to get promoted”, he said.
Speaking on behalf of the Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society and the Self Help Groups, Nganpa Mossang expressed her gratitude to the diocesan center and Caritas India, the sponsor of the event for spreading awareness among the youth group and student community.
The mega event ended with planting saplings and cleaning the market area of Namphai town by the participants.